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Ever wonder what a Confidentiality Agreement is? Or perhaps you have heard it called a Confidentiality Order or Protective Order. These documents are used in family law for many reasons. The broad purpose of these orders is to forbid both the attorneys and the litigants from releasing information that one or both parties do not want released. Johnny Depp is asking Amber Heard to sign a Confidentiality Agreement to keep their (his) financial documents from being accessible to the public, or more specifically, the media. Judges also often use Confidentiality or Protective Orders if they are disseminating psychological information regarding the parties or their children. Specifically in N.J., if DCP&P (formerly DYFS) issues a report on a family they have investigated, the Court will often not release these reports, or if they do, they will be released under a Confidentiality Order. Also in Family Court, if there is a forensic report about a business held by one of the parties, it is not uncommon for a Protective Order to be entered so that competitors cannot have access to private issues regarding the business. Family law attorneys regularly ask the Courts to enter these Orders. If you think you would benefit from having a Protective or Confidentiality Order in place, contact one of our experienced family law attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS (908) 879-9499 to discuss your specific situation.

 

Domestic Violence is a serious problem. It cuts through all socioeconomic barriers, races, religions. Many people still think of it as “the problem of the poor”, but nothing could be farther from the truth. It affects so many different aspects of life, from gun control issues to substance abuse to loss of jobs to gender equality. Unfortunately, since Domestic Violence often occurs in private, the proceedings often come down to a “he said, she said” scenario in the Court. Do people make up false charges of abuse? Sometimes. Regrettably, in the case of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, it’s being tried in the media. They were the only two present at the time of the alleged incident. No one knows for sure what happened but the two of them. If their case does go to trial, the Judge or Jury will hear the testimony and decide. If you are charged with Domestic Violence or a victim of Domestic Violence, contact one of our attorneys at IANDOLI & EDENS at (908) 879-9499.